Scouting Report: Ollie Ogbu

Back in May, when Penn State received a verbal pledge from Milford Academy (N.Y.) defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu, it took most by surprise. At least those who admitted as much. In order to find out a little more detail on Ogbu we spoke with Milford coach William Chaplick and Ogbu’s high school mentor, Greg Manos.

At the time of his verbal, Chaplick was still learning about the Staten Island, N.Y., standout, who goes 6-foot-2, 320 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. Milford is a prep school and Ollie Ogbu had yet to play a game for him.

“I can tell you this much, he is one heck of an athlete, and man is he strong,” Chaplick said. “[PSU assistant] Brian Norwood was on that kid for two years, they’re pretty high on him. I could sit here and tell you all kind’s of stuff about him, but I’d rather wait and see how he does with pads on up here first. North Carolina offered him right after he committed to Penn State

While Chaplick is just getting to know Ogbu, Manos coaches the prospect at St. Joseph By-The-Sea High.

“He’s a 319-pound kid that can run a legit 4.8, he can power-clean 365 pounds, he can get 12 reps of 405 pounds on the bench, He just did 465 pounds in a bench competition here recently,” Manos said. “But I’ll tell you what, he was the fastest kid on my team. He played fullback in our Double-Wing.”

Manos got fired up and shared one of his last game memories of Ogbu.

“We were playing Chaminade in the playoffs, and they couldn’t stop him at fullback. I don’t know how many yards he had but they couldn’t stop him,” Manos said. “He ended up getting blood on his pants, and of course they [officials] pulled him from the game and we lost in the final minutes.”

Manos has had discussions with the Penn State coaching staff as to how they plan on using Ogbu.

“They said they see him as a solid 360-pound defensive tackle that can move.” Manos said. “He’s a great kid, and a solid football player.”

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